That’s what the Las Pinas Traffic Office told Alabang Bulletin last week when we placed a call to ask about this very confusing matter.
It can be recalled that several residents approached us to ask whether having a Friendship Route sticker exempts them from the city number coding.
A lot of residents with the shortcut stickers said that traffic enforcers usually let them pass and don’t apprehend them when they see that their vehicles have the Friendship Route stickers.
When Alabang Bulletin asked two traffic enforcers stationed along the Philam Village portion of Alabang-Zapote Road, the two said that there was no official order from City Hall but that yes, vehicles with stickers are exempted from the number coding.
The city traffic office on the other hand said that it depends on the apprehending officer.
“Pag may sticker kayo at hulihin kayo, pwede naman pakiusapan ang apprehending enforcer at sabihin na taga-Las Pinas kayo,” said the traffic office personnel.
Other residents said that this could be a way for Las Pinas to prioritize their own constituents.
We still don’t know why there is no official proclamation regarding this matter but we have been waiting for a reply from the Las Pinas Public Information Office for two months now.
Still no reply about this subject.
Although seemingly unfair to non-residents of the city, Las Pinas residents who possess the much-coveted Friendship Route stickers are lucky.
But we are still waiting for a formal declaration regarding this.
In the mean time, enjoy the so-called exemption, Las Pinas folks.